The Washington Blade reports that Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) has introduced family immigration legislation — the Reuniting Families Act — that would address the issue of discrimination against bi-national same-sex couples.

“RFA also ends discrimination in our immigration system by allowing same-sex permanent partners to sponsor their foreign national partners for immigration benefits,” Honda said.

…Until comprehensive immigration reform can be passed, Honda called on Obama to issue a moratorium to stop the deportation of foreign nationals in same-sex unions who would eligible for married-based green cards if not for the Defense of Marriage Act.

“The president has at his disposal certain kinds of statutory existing powers that he can stay a deportation process,” Honda said. “He can put in a place a situation where folks will be held in abeyance and allowed to work and allowed to continue their lives until such time that we correct our immigration system.”

This bill’s provision for same-sex couples is identical to the aim of the Uniting American Families Act,  submitted and sponsored by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) in the House and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in the Senate. Click over for more details in Chris Johnson’s story at The Blade.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding